Christmas is still a few weeks away, but a grinch is already trying to steal people's holiday cheer and their trees.
It happened to one couple in Pueblo.
As News 5 found out, the couple planted four miniature Douglas firs in June. One day, they hoped to decorate the trees for the holidays once they were bigger. However, after a visit from a thief, only one tree remains outside their home.
"Watch out because there's no telling what somebody is wanting to take."
That's the warning Susan Jones and Andrew Brown have for others in Pueblo.
Brown said, "Why would somebody take my trees? The biggest issue I guess I have, thinking on it, is more along the lines of I feel like what can I stick out in my yard? Can I put anything outside without worrying about somebody taking it?"
Jones said, "Decorating for Christmas now we know that we're going to have to definitely watch the decorations, watch people as they walk by."
Brown said, "We're definitely not going to go as far as we would like because we're worried things are going to disappear and that's terrible."
As far as the stolen trees, the couple hopes to replace them. If they do, they'll be taking extra precautions.
Brown said, "We've considered getting cameras and other things."
Jones said, "I've looked up different things online of how to protect trees...wrapping barbed wire, putting thorny bushes, things like that around it."
In spite of the theft, the couple is trying to look on the bright side.
Jones said, "I assumed maybe somebody wanted it for their kids for Christmas...if they did take them for their kids I hope their kids enjoy them if they're less fortunate to be able to afford a tree."
Brown said, "As far as our Christmas, no, you didn't hurt our family. We're going to be doing great."
The couple says they filed a police report. They're also speaking with their neighbors to warn them and to find out if anything similar has happened in the area.
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